The Interchange

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To Recruit Workers, Go Where They Go

To recruit workers, go where they go

By: Mike Salsgiver August 31, 2015

Thousands of students are entering high schools and colleges at this time of year. At the same time, you cannot read headlines today without seeing something about the next generation of workers and the construction industry’s skilled labor shortage. The biggest post-recession challenge faced by contractors continues to be finding and retaining the best talent – and talent is sorely needed.

Toolbox Talks: "Portable Saw Safety" September 3, 2015

Remember these safety tips when using a portable power saw:

*Inspect ALL tools before use.

*Wear overalls or long pants to protect your legs. Do not wear shorts.

*Always wear gloves when handling a saw. Heavy-duty, nonslip gloves improve your grip and help to protect your hands.

*Good footing is most important in cut-off machine work. Wear sturdy boots with nonslip soles.

*Proper eye protection is a must. Always wear ANSI rated safety glasses or goggles and a face shield.

*Wear a hard hat to protect your head.

IBR Top Projects Event Coming Up

On September 24, the Idaho Business Review will honor the top construction projects completed in Idaho during 2014.

The awards event will take place from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott in Meridian.

For more information, visit

15th Anniversary

August 29th marks the 15th anniversary when John William Jackson (USA) and his climbing partner Shou Te Wang (Taiwan) lost their lives in a climbing accident in Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia). 

John and Shou Te, two gifted young men, had much in common:  born the same year (1976), completed their undergraduate university education and were passionate about climbing. 

New Member Discount Program: BuilderPro Universal Premium Fleet Card

We are excited to announce the expansion of AGC of America's fuel card program through Fleetcor, AGC's BP Program manager. The new BuilderPro Universal Premium FleetCard is specifically designed to help Members save money on fuel and building supply purchases and can be used at more than 160,000 locations around the country (not just BP stations) with savings of up to $0.06 per gallon ($0.015 per gallon on diesel).

AGC & United Rentals Partnership Provide Training Classes for Utility Contractors

At this past year's AGC Annual Convention in Puerto Rico, AGC of America's Utility Infrastructure Division announced the development of a new program with United Rentals offering AGC Members a discount on Competent Person for Excavation and Confined Space Entry training classes (online or in-seat training). These courses are held throughout the year at most United Rentals locations and can also be conducted at your chapter training facility with United Rentals instructors.

Northwest Safety & Risk Services Open House THIS FRIDAY

Our friends over at Northwest Safety are going to be holding an Open House at their Nampa training center THIS FRIDAY (August 28th) from 12:00pm-7:00pm.  Stop by and say hello!   Food, refreshments, and prizes will be provided in addition to the first 100 visitors receiving a gift certificate to attend one of Northwest Safety's 2016 open enrollment training courses!  For more information, CLICK HERE.  


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